What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Gardening has always been one of my passions in life.  For 39 years I planned, planted, fertilized, and pruned my flower beds, checking almost daily to see what new growth had emerged or what needed to be deadheaded, eagerly anticipating the next season’s splash of color.  Moving to a condominium complex where I am no […]

As the World Turns

“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.”  Psalm 81:13 In her later years, my mother’s world came to a halt each day when the soap opera “As the World Turns” came on. For twenty […]

Outrageous Art

Surprised by God

Art fairs have always been an attraction for me because they have held the prospect of finding a truly one-of-a kind treasure; but last Sunday I came home from the Webster Groves Art Fair with much more than I had hoped for—something priceless. Customarily, Sundays have been my day for church worship and along with […]

My Mom is a Teacher

Happy Mother’s Day, dear readers! Instead of sending you flowers or making you breakfast in bed, our gift to you is the following post by guest writer, Karen Brown. Karen is one of my warmest, wittiest, and wisest friends. We bonded in a Hidden Heart class years ago, and she writes an incredible blog titled: Stooping […]

The Gift

I’ve learned that not all gifts come wrapped in pretty packages, but sometimes those can be the best gifts of all. Along with all the flourishes of Christmas preparation and celebration can come a sense that something or someone is missing; things are not as they should be or as they used to be; and […]

Getting Ready to Reign

Intersections are a good reminder that we have options—to the right, to the left, or straight ahead. Recently as I was stopped at an intersection, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the sight in front of me as a lady was walking her two dogs. The littler one seemed to be lagging behind, his leash […]

The Kitchen Table Miracle

We all have our “list” of what makes our man a good husband or father. Often times we’re angry and disappointed because he’s not performing to our expectations. For me, it was the expectation of “family dinner.” All three of the barstools stationed around the island in our kitchen were broken. The first one collapsed […]

A Lesson from the Master Gardener

My orchid had been the object of expectation and attentive care for many months. I watched as it sent forth green shoots, only to see them turn into brown, gnarly roots with no fruit. Imagine my elation one day when a green shoot sprouted up toward the sun and within days developed some buds along […]

Chick Flick: My Big Fat Greek Words for Love

“I am my lover’s and my lover is mine …” (Song of Songs 6:3) We girlfriends adore our chick flicks, especially a good romance. This week on our Road Trip with the Girlfriends, let’s watch a video about agape, phileo, and eros – the three facets of true love, starring the author of The Cry of the Hidden Heart, Karen Bacon. […]